Kanban for Complexity

Kanplexity: An alternative approach to product development & project management.

Agile has its origins in the Manifesto for Software Development (Agilemanifesto.org, 2001).

What we lack is guidance for potential agilists in other sectors. Using tenets of Kanban and Cynefin® sense-making (Cynefin.io, 2022, 1), Kanplexity offers an optional approach to those in non-software settings

Kanplexity attempts to strike a balance between the competing forces of doing the right thing, the right way, quickly, (more) predictably, repeatedly, and sustainably (inspired by Magennis, 2022).

Sense-making with Cynefin

Sense-making is a mental exercise that evaluates situations against our understanding of how the world works. Cynefin is essentially a sense-making compass. Kanplexity relies on the concept of sense-making developed as part of the Cynefin framework.

What is Kanplexity?

Think of Kanplexity as a Cynefin starter pack for agility underpinned by Kanban.

Kanplexity is not context-free; some adaptation is expected. Kanplexity is for people working together in complex domains.

Direction of Travel

A direction of travel is a loose purpose that can flex depending on what we learn. The direction of travel (Snowden, 2019, 1) evolves, pivots, or stops. While goals are helpful for complicated work, it’s crucial to inform decision-making with evidence for and against the goal’s validity.

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